I watched a bit of some matches but spent some time chatting too
CHOI Y-J (KOR) d. RYABTSEVA E. (UZB) 62 64
I watched this match as I needed to prepare my stuffs for the next one on same court
Young-Ja started slowly. It was obvious that she was lacking practice on these courts (she had just arrived...). She started to serve and both players won their respective games easily.
In the 3rd game Young-Ja saved a break-point against her. She was lucky that Elena broke her strings at deuce (and lost the point).
Elena lost her 4th game with several unforced errors + one double fault. Young-Ja increased then the rythme and won her game easily to lead now 4-1.
Young-ja had then some problems with her return of serve (two unforced errors!) : 4-2. She then went on to win the next two games and finished the set on a winning return
It was then Elena's turn to have problems with her returns of serve (3 unforced errors
). Both players went on to win their next respective games (2-1 for Young-Ja) with Elena taking the advantage in a couple of long exchanges.
But she could not keep her consistency and lost her set (3-1 for Young-Ja). At 4-2, Young-Ja lost her serve with 4 unforced errors
. Elena therefore came back to 4-3. She went on to serve and hit two good aces + took advantage of two unforced errors of Young-Ja on the returns of serve.
Young-Ja however concluded the match strongly by winning her game without any unforced error and mostly taking Elena last game at 0-40.
MORIGOMI Akiko (JPN) d. LIU Jing-Jing (CHN) 64 75
Jin- Jing won the toss and chose to serve. Both players won their respective serves (1-1) but Jing-Jing lost her second and third ones (4-1 Akiko). Akiko was returning extremely well, in particular on Jing-Jing second serve (Jing-Jing topspin did not affect her at all).
Jing-Jing reacted then and won Akiko serve at 0-40 + won her game after (4-3 Akiko). At this point of the game, Jing Jing had improved the quality of her play, clearing the net higher and hitting longer. She continued by taking Akiko's game again with 2 winning returns (4-4).
Jing-Jing could however not maintain the same level of play and lost her game. Akiko went on to win her game and the set 64.
Akiko continued strongly in the second set, taking immediately Jing Jing's game with 3 winners (2 backhands and one forehand).
At 2-1 for Akiko, Jing Jing broke back to equalise 2-2.
This is when things started to go bad for Akiko
. On three occasions during the game, Akiko complained about bad calls, including an umpire over-rule (very bad call from the umpire I think. I'll check the video : I taped the whole match
Both players won their games twice : 4-4.
Then both players lost their games twice
. Akiko finished her serve with a double fault
, giving the opportunity once again to Jing-Jing to come back in the match.
Then Akiko changed gear and accelerated her play, breaking Jing-Jing and winning her last game at 40-0.
There certainly have been some bad calls during the match and Akiko may have been affected. But Jing-Jing played very well too and managed to come back from difficult situations. She was unfortunately playing well only when back against the wall. There is besides a difference of experience between the two players (this year Akiko played already some 25 tourneys while Jing Jing has played only 9
Anyway, Akiko played well and her experience paid off. She had good shots and hitting with two hands both sides, it is often difficult to anticipate where the ball will go. If only she could swear more softly : the spectators would not hear
These are the two matches I followed entirely today. I watched a bit of everything after